Making peanut butter at home is awesomely easy. Well, as long as you have a food processor or blender. Otherwise it is quite a task and you are probably better off buying a jar. Just look for the natural kind without all the added sugar and extra oils.
If you can make it at home you’ll have the best peanut butter around and it only has two ingredients. One is peanuts (crazy, I know!) and one of them is salt! That doesn’t even really count as an ingredient in my book.
Other pluses to making your own peanut butter:
- The roasting nuts make your kitchen smell incredible.
- The grinding is really interesting to watch.
- People are totally impressed.
- It’s cheap! In NYC you can often get a 1 lb. bag of peanuts from the produce carts for like $2-$3. I know peanut butter is already cheap, but yours will be better, believe me!
If you prefer your peanut butter with raw peanuts you can skip the roasting. Alternatively you can buy roasted peanuts to skip a step. I like to roast because the flavor is more intense and roasting brings the oils to the surface so the peanut butter becomes a smooth paste more easily.
If you prefer the sweetened and fluffy peanut butters like Jiffy, you can add a bit of peanut oil, and some sugar or molasses to sweeten. Then if you run the food processor for a while it will add more air to the mixture and your peanut butter will be super smooth and fluffy.
I personally enjoy a little molasses or brown sugar rather than regular white sugar if I want sweet peanut butter. It just works well with the intense nutty and toasty flavor of the peanuts.
You can use this general method to make any nut butter you want. You can even mix and match. Try a half peanut and half almond butter. I think I will try pistachio butter next. The color would be beautiful!
- 1 lb peanuts shelled and peeled
- 1/2-1 tsp salt